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Evocative silent Kodachrome compendium of San Francisco scenes just before the U.S. entered World War II, concentrating on aerials, Chinatown, Market Street, and transportation scenes.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Summers, John H.
Audio/Visual: Si, C
Keywords: San Francisco: Scenics: Historical
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
Subject: Part 1 and Part 2 Are Both Fun to Watch
If you know the city well, you'll love this home movie. The images are clear and the cameraman gives us good long shots of most things. San Francisco is a pretty place, but the shots from high places will make show you just how much today's skyscrapers are blocking what were once beautiful views.
Subject: From high on the hills, to Shanghai Lows.
When I watched the Summers films of his trip to SF, I think I am coming to the conclusion that these are probably the best put together of all the SF amateur films. As his show a great sense of filmmaking, style and editing that make this all worthwhile.
We start with Mr Summers at home, with all his film (I dont think this is the actual film, just outtakes) all heaped uop in a pile. With Mr. Summers somewhat perplexed. Well not really. Then we cut to a view from a plane and great aerial views from a plane. From the looks of things, I thought this was obviously a small craft plane that he rented out privately, but as he gets to the airport, I find that I was mistaken, it was a United plane! So gee, I think planes in those days took aerial tours of the city before they landed.. So off we go! Summers wastes no time and goes downtown! The first shot he gets is rather strange, as he goes down Market Street in a cablecar.. Almost the same set up as the After The Fire in 1909 short on the archives. Very eerie, and I wonder if he knew about the film.. Then we take a grand tour of the downtown, as he goes up and down Market, through Chinatown (Yes! Shanghai Lows!!) Gets shots of the irritated Chinese people, then goes aerial again.. This is fun! I wonder what part 2 has in store?